Tajikistan welcomes Global Partnership for Sustainable Transport
Under-Secretary General, Igor Runov, who leads IRU’s work with the United Nations in New York, today briefed members of the Tajikistan Cabinet and national businesses on new opportunities and projects linked to the recent creation of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Transport (GPST).
IRU first met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan, Mr Sirodjidin M. Aslov, to underline the importance of GPST initiatives in the context of China’s upcoming accession to the UN TIR Convention and its One Belt, One Road strategy. Mr Aslov notably emphasised the importance of passenger transport and urban mobility in the national economy and expressed his readiness to cooperate with IRU and GPST to promote these topics in the UN General Assembly.
Subsequent meetings were held with the Minister of Transport of Tajikistan, Mr Sherali R. Ganjalzoda, and the Deputy Chairman of the National Bank of Tajikistan, Mr Sirojiddin S. Ikromov, to discuss Eurasian transport linkages. Talks focussed on the upcoming activation in 2018 of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) approved Corridor 5 across the territory of Tajikistan, as well as the need for innovative approaches to financing auxiliary road infrastructure.
A final meeting was held with the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tajikistan, Mr Sharif Said, who emphasised the role of agricultural exports in the national economy and expressed his support for a joint GPST project with the World Bank to monitor the transport of perishable goods along Eurasian corridors.
Photo (from left to right): Mr Sirodjidin M. Aslov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan; Mr Igor Runov, IRU Under-Secretary General.